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Lake Hamilton

Carpenter Dam

Lake Hamilton was formed after the Carpenter Dam was completed in 1931. The dam was the second hydroelectric facility completed on the Ouachita River by the Arkansas Power and Light Company. The 7,200-acre lake quickly became a recreational hotspot, in part because of the its scenic location in the Ouachita Mountains and in part because of its proximity to Hot Springs, which was already a tourist mecca. Today, the lakeshore sports numerous resorts and private residences and is home to the 400-passenger riverboat, the Belle of Hot Springs.


Lake Hamilton

Lake Hamilton, located in Hot Springs, is one of Arkansasís most popular recreation lakes. Fishing is a popular sport on the lake, having played host to the Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League All-American Tournament for several years. To keep the fishing at its best, the Andrew Hulsey Fish Hatchery, located on the bank of the lake, helps refresh the fishing population. The hatchery contains more than 90 acres of ponds that contribute some three million fingerlings annually to improve sport fishing.

So many activities

Garvan Woodland Gardens is but one activity that features gently sloping Ouachita Mountain terrain that covers 210 acres of a forested peninsula jutting into Lake Hamilton. The gardens showcase floral landscapes, free-flowing streams and waterfalls, as well as architectural structures in a natural woodland setting.

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